HCAOA’s Legislative Committee met on February 10 to discuss several bills that could impact the home care industry
The Credit for Caring Act – Would provide a non-refundable tax credit for working family caregivers, has been a $3000 credit in the past, but that is expected to increase to $5,000. Early reports are showing that the Biden administration is considering supporting the bill at the $5000 level. HCAOA strongly supports the Credit for Caring Act and our state chapters will be vital in supporting it. In coming weeks, we will be sending out congressional office contact information so chapters can do outreach to their Congress members from constituents.
Homecare for Seniors Act – Amends the internal revenue code of 1986 to allow qualified distributions from health savings accounts for certain home care expenses. Outlook: recently passed budget resolutions mention the expansion of HSAs which could help improve this bill’s chances in Congress.
Immigration and Temporary Work Visas – President Biden is committed to addressing immigration reforms. The House subcommittee on immigration recently met and HCAOA aims to have a member testify about the need for an expanded workforce to aid aging individuals soon.
Maryland's Essential Workers Protection Act – Would put a list of requirements on employers, including hazard and bereavement pay, plus an additional $3 an hour payment, employer provided health care assistance and more. Read HB 581.
Fair Pay for Home Care Act – Introduced on February 10 in New York, this would require all home care workers to make at least $35,000 annually.
HCAOA applauds the State Chapters for keeping their members updated about local vaccine distributions.